Be a Church-First Person

Be a Church-First Person

February 11, 2016 by

It’s tempting to walk into the office and do your own thing. Focus on your area and do the best you can with what you have.

That’s good.

But it’s short sighted. By its very nature, communication needs to take the broad view. As communicators, we need to care for our entire church, not just our specific niche. We need to be church first.

A church-first person celebrates the wins, they encourage others, they think outside of themselves.

Watch as Certification Lab instructor Phil Bowdle talks about being a church-first person:

“We’ve hired eight people in my time here and the number one thing was not skill or talent or experience. The number one thing was are they a church-first person? Because I want them to care just as much about our church as a whole, and what’s happening in our student ministry and kids ministry and any area that’s not their direct niche. I want them to care just as much about that as they care about their own thing. … I want somebody who does not just talk about building their own thing. If they video guy keeps talking about how we should do more videos, spend more money on gear… That’s not a church-first person. A church first person celebrates the wins, they encourage others, they think outside of themselves, and then they’re owning what they do first because they know what they do is contributing to the success of their church.” -Phil Bowdle

More:

  • This video is from a 2015 Google Hangout with our Certification Lab instructors. You can watch the entire hangout.
  • Check out our upcoming roster of Certification Lab events and consider attending to soak up this kind of insight and encouragement.
  • Get a taste of what you can expect at Certification Lab with our round-up of Certification Lab resources.

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A church-first person celebrates the wins, they encourage others, they think outside of themselves.

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Kevin D. Hendricks


When Kevin isn't busy as the editor of Church Marketing Sucks, he runs his own writing and editing company, Monkey Outta Nowhere. Kevin has been blogging since 1998 and has published several books, including 137 Books in One Year: How to Fall in Love With Reading, The Stephanies and all of our church communication books.
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